Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 30, 2014.
According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service’s Georgia Field Office, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 30, 2014. Precipitation estimates for the state ranged from 0.3 inches of rain up to 1.9 inches. Average high temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the low 70s. Average low temperatures ranged from the high 30s to the low 50s.
County Extension Comments
“Fruit producers were a little nervous with the cold weather but came out very well considering the potential damage. Peaches and strawberries still look very strong. Bunch grape vines are just starting to reach bud swell.”
–Michael Wheeler, Hall County, District 20
“Weather was all over the map, typical for spring. Ryegrass and wheat has finally started picking up and canola should be full bloom this week. Pastures are still in rough shape and any winter annuals have been continuously overgrazed due to slow growth.”
–Robert Speir, Madison County, District 30
“With recent cool nights and cloud cover during the day, powdery mildew has really taken a hold in wheat. Corn planting has resumed and many are planting in shifts to get it in before the rain this weekend.”
–Brock Ward, Randolph County, District 70
“Watermelon transplanting in full swing after Thursday morning, cold temperatures and wind are causing some damage to new transplants.”
–Brian Tankersley, Tift County, District 80